Heated arguments broke out on the opening day of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) board meeting on Tuesday, climaxing with high drama later, when at least three major cricketing nations Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh contradicted the claims of the game’s governing body.
During the meeting the fate of the position paper presented by Board of Control for Cricket in India, England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to virtually take over the ICC was discussed but voting was deferred until next month. However, the ICC at conclusion of the first day issued a media release claiming that the principles presented received ‘unanimous support’.
The release signalled the formation of the executive body, comprising five members with ‘Big Three’ nations as regular members. Shockingly, minutes after the ICC communiqué, the PCB, Cricket South Africa and Bangladesh Cricket Board negated the impression of any ‘unanimous’ approval in the meeting.
According to an official close to Zaka Ashraf, the PCB, along with other boards pushed for deferral, stressing the need of more evaluation of the situation internally, claiming that no agreement had been reached.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2014.
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